Pindika, aka: Piṇḍika, Piṇḍikā; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Piṇḍikā (पिण्डिका).—A stool to install idols. The length of this stool should be equal to that of the idol. The breadth should be its half and the thickness equal to that is the breadth. The exact place where the idol is fixed of called Mekhalā and the hole in the mekhalā should slightly slant towards the north. The pipe (exithole for the water to flow out) called Praṇāla should be as wide as a fourth part of the area of the pīṭha. For a praṇāla of a Śiva temple the length of the same should be half of that of the Piṇḍikā.

The sanctum sanctorum of the temple should be divided into seven divisions and the Piṇḍikā should be fixed by a learned priest in the Brāhmabhāga of the garbhagṛha (sanctum sanctorum). (Chapters 50 and 60, Agni Purāṇa).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Piṇḍikā (पिण्डिका).—Of an image, to be purified with Pañcagavya.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 266. 6.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Piṇḍikā (पिण्डिका) refers to the “pedestal” of a liṅga. It is also known as pīṭha. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Piṇḍika, (-°) in chatta°-vivara is a little doubtful, the phrase prob. means “a crevice in the covering (i.e. the round mass) of the canopy or sunshade” J. VI, 376. ‹-› Dutoit (J. trsln VI, 457) translates “opening at the back of the sunshade, ” thus evidently reading “piṭṭhika. ” (Page 458)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Piṇḍikā (पिण्डिका).—

1) A round or fleshy swelling.

2) The calf of the leg &c.; विकटोद्बद्धपिण्डिकम् (vikaṭodbaddhapiṇḍikam) Mb.1.155.33.

3) The region of the cheeks (gaṇḍasthala); भिन्नमस्तकपिण्डिकाः (bhinnamastakapiṇḍikāḥ) Mb.7. 116.25; see पिण्डि (piṇḍi) above.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Piṇḍikā (पिण्डिका).—(see s.v. piṇḍakā; recorded in late Sanskrit, see Schmidt, Nachträge, defined Opferkloss), (alms-)food: Divy 88.8, 11, 19, 23, 27; 89.4 (but in 89.1 note piṇḍakaḥ, m., as in Sanskrit); MSV i.86.12 ff. (always this, never °akā).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Piṇḍikā (पिण्डिका).—f.

(-kā) 1. The nave of a wheel. 2. The instep. 3. A stool or seat of various shapes and dimensions. E. piṇḍī as above, and kan added.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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